Séman, a district in the city of Yamoussoukro, will soon welcome a cassava processing plant. The infrastructure, which construction will require an investment of FCfa 200 million will enable the production of “high quality” flour.
According to Jean-François Koblavi Diby, who is part of the executive of the autonomous district of Yamoussoukro, the construction works for the plant will begin in January 2016. The district will contribute by providing a funding of FCfa 30 million to the project. The infrastructure will be built on a one hectare site and is expected to boost attiéké (an Ivorian dish cooked with cassava semolina) and starch production.
Gui Kassio Thomas, the owner of the plant, also stressed that its construction was part of the struggle to recover cassava production volumes. Mr Thomas also said the plant will directly employ 50 people, and indirectly employ 300 people. The company ‘Kassio’ whose activities revolve around cassava and its derivatives is present in nine Ivorian localities.
Farmers in the southern and eastern parts of the country have taken up three high-yielding varieties of cassava, known as Bocou 1, 2 and 3, which are resistant to disease and pests, according to Boni N’zué, the coordinator of the Cassava Project, an initiative launched in 2008 by the country’s National Centre for Agricultural Research.
“They can produce 32 to 34 tonnes per hectare per year, compared to five tonnes per hectare from traditional cassava varieties,” he said.
Cassava is an important staple food in this West African country according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, second only to yams, a similar starchy tuber. For Séman, one of the cassava production basin in Côte d’Ivoire, the creation of this plant will provide an outlet to the local producers.
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